The return of the Upper Darby International Festival – Delco Times


UPPER DARBY – As the heat of summer gives way to fall, another festival returns from a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic. The Fourth Annual Upper Darby International Festival will be held in front of the Upper Darby Township Building in Block 100 of Garrett Road on October 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival, which is free, celebrates the diversity of Upper Darby and its 87,000 inhabitants with a line-up of shows, food, vendors and a children’s entertainment zone.

A highlight is the parade of flags representing the nationalities of Upper Darby’s diverse population, with flags carried by local schoolchildren. The street is a rainbow of colors as the many flags, including Old Glory, march past.

The festival will take place in the area around 100 Garrett Road, including the Five Points intersection. Automobile traffic will be diverted for pedestrian safety and to accommodate food vendors, children’s activities and live cultural performances.

The festival will feature a main stage to watch a list of cultural performances – from dance to martial arts and live music – and a flag parade ceremony featuring flags representing the dozens of home countries of our residents. .

Main stage performances include Jolly Das, a first generation singer and music graduate from Rabindra Bharati University; Kolkata was an Indian Idol 2 finalist.

Other artists include the Pakistani American Community Organization, Cheng’s Martial Arts, and Jimmy Jorge and the Latin Express, the local salsa group from Philly. There will be a special appearance from the West Powelton Drummers, a group that won the National, State and World Championships at 2:30 p.m., immediately followed by the parade of flags.

While the flag parade is a visual reminder of the diversity of communities, vendors will bring that variety to your taste buds with foods from all seven continents. Kings and Queens Liberian Cuisine will be one of many food vendors serving dishes from around the world at this year’s event.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to bring our entire community together and celebrate Upper Darby for who and what we stand for: the world in one place,” Mayor Barbarann ​​Keffer said in a press release.

The first Festival took place in 2017 and has been a huge success ever since. It is presented by Upper Darby in partnership with the Friends of the Tower Theater District.

The rainy date is Sunday the third. For updates and information, visit their Facebook @UDIntlFestival.


Darcy J. Skinner

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